Video footage of a school in Russia teaching pupils as young as five how to pole dance has surfaced, sparking outrage over the controversial lessons.
The school in Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia, teaches schoolgirls as young as five how to dance on the pole in PE classes.
The video clip reveals a young girl being taught how to spin around and climb a pole.
A video revealing a schoolgirl pole dancing in a school’s PE lesson has sparked online fury
Young pupil: The school teaches schoolgirls as young as five how to use the controversial pole
The girl performs moves like that of an acrobat, under the guidance of her teacher
The girl has learned how to twirl around while upside down.
All the while her teacher, in a shirt that reads ‘winner’ teaches and guides her, spotting her for balance for the trickier movements.
However, many have shared their distaste for the video that surfaced on Sunday.
‘So you have this pole, whatever you call it. It’s not compatible (with children) – it’s vulgar,’ mother Viktoria Poshagina said.
But not all seemed to share her sentiment.
Aleksandra Pronina, the mother of a pole dancing pupil Kira Pronina, seemed proud of her daughter’s pole ability.
Controversial: Several angry parents online have called the sport for children as ‘vulgar’
Swing around: Other parents have shared that the sport has improved their children’s fitness
‘Here (my daughter Kira) is developing a six-pack and her arms have become very strong,’ she said.
A pole dancing instructor Viktoria praised the exercise online as well.
‘No gym can give you a workout like pole dancing. All muscles are engaged here,’ she said.
Despite the fury over pole dancing lessons, the activity has become a popular in Russia.
In the city of Kazan, pole dancing competitions among children have gone on for years.
And this video isn’t the first of its kind. Another video of children in Russia pole dancing surfaced two years ago, sparking similar online fury, with campaigners against the sport claiming it could ‘provoke sex crimes’ among children.